Adirondack International Speedway preview 2001-09-22

OSWEGO, NY- Saturday afternoon, September 22, Adirondack International Speedway will be on display as five divisions will compete in the Governor Autumn Invitational. The lightning fast un-winged supermodifieds headline the program, while the ...

OSWEGO, NY- Saturday afternoon, September 22, Adirondack International Speedway will be on display as five divisions will compete in the Governor Autumn Invitational. The lightning fast un-winged supermodifieds headline the program, while the Limited Supers, Regional Pro-Late, Street Stock, and Four Cylinder also are on the race card at the new speedway. This will be the second event ever held at Adirondack International, as the American Canadian Tour/ACT Dodge Tour opened the facility on August 25.

The races will be held on the ½ mile oval at the speedway. The supermodified event feature race will be 50 laps in length, with a total purse for the supermodified race at a hefty $17,000 payoff. The winner will take home a $2,500 check, while just starting the race pays $400.

While this is the second at race Adirondack International, it will be the first for a new supermodified series. They are the same supermodifieds that Oswego Speedway fans are familiar with, but at a recent meeting, some goals of the new organization were put together. They first want to supplement the Oswego Speedway schedule, and will not run an event that conflicts with Oswego Speedway. Additional shows will make it more feasible to own a supermodified. They look to book other tracks in New York State, and maintain full fields. This will increase track-time, and encourage new drivers and improve driving skills of current drivers. This group will also provide additional shows for cars that cannot travel with the ISMA circuit. The organization will use Oswego supermodified rules for this event, except for the gear rule, which will be wide open.

A recent tune and test session helped some of the cars get ready for this weekend’s activities. Lap times were down in the mid 15 second range, and reports from the session have come back saying it should be a great show, and the track is a real drivers track. All in all, Saturday afternoon should prove to be an exciting day of racing. Many local fans and teams are used to ending their season after the Oswego Classic, this gives them all one more race to go to. Heading the list of drivers for the Saturday afternoon show is recent Oswego Classic winner Tim Snyder. Tim made his first ever supermodified win memorable as he took the checkered flag in the richest and most prestigious race in the supermodified class. Two time Classic winner and Oswego Track Champion Greg Furlong will also make the trek north for the race.

Multi-time supermodified feature race winners Tim Gareau, Bob Goutermout, Todd Stowell, Jamie Moore, and Howard Page all have said they are a go for the initial supermodified race at Adirondack International. Otto Sitterly, Dave Trytek, and Jamie Letcher also have feature event wins with the methanol monsters, and have signed on as attending.

Top chauffeurs Bob Bond, Shannon Groves, and Jerry Curran will all look to pick up their first ever supermodified feature checkered flag in the 50 lap race. Newly crowned Oswego Rookie of the Year Jeff Holbrook added his name to the entry list, as has former Oswego Rookie of the Year Hal LaTulip. Vern LaFave, Brian Sweeney, Bill Peri, and Tim Devendorf are set to go for the 50 lapper. Recently added to the roster are the Ray Graham, Scott Eldred, Gary Syrell, Pat Lavery, and Dave Halstead. More teams are expected to come as well, as there promises to be a full field of the powerful non-winged supermodifieds that will take to the 10 degree banked track.

Gates will open for the event at 8 a.m., with a drivers meeting at 9a.m., and practice will be from 9:30 a.m. until 1p.m. The Street Stock feature (20 laps) & 4 cylinder stocks (15 laps)will take place at 1:15pm,. These two divisions will run practice laps & features only. At 2:00 p.m. the supers start their qualifying heats, followed by the limiteds and the Pro late models. After a short super driver introduction & track ceremony, the super feature (50 Laps) should begin at approximately 4:00 p.m., followed by a 25 lap limited feature and a 40 lap pro late model feature.

Camping will be permitted at the track.

Adult admission for the five-event show is $15, with a free 20 ounce Coca-Cola or soft drink included in the price. Children 8-12 years of age will be $5, while kids 7 years old and younger will be free. Pit passes will cost $20.

The track is located in New Bremen, New York. From Syracuse, take 81 North to Exit 42 at Adams Center, then a right on NYS-177 East to Lowville. Take NYS-812 North to New Bremen, then turn left onto Artz Road to the track.

-www.adirondackspeedway.com.

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